Encompassing film, photography and video, Dinu Li's practice centres on the relationship between the personal and the political, the public and the private. Shaped by forces that determine our social structures, Li draws inspiration from an engagement with the many cultures he encounters.

Informed by cinematic traditions, Li's productions are situated between documented facts, oral histories, chance observations and the figments of imagination. Motion and sound is manipulated - prolonged, reduced or distilled - often interlaced to explore the concept of space and time. Evoking a benign intimacy, a sense of elusiveness pervades Li's constructed images, drawing the viewer's attention to the epochs of time.


10/2007 Film screening
Chronicle of a Dream Foretold is presented as part of the Light Night cultural happenings in Leeds on 12/10/2007. Screenings held at 42 New Briggate, Leeds between 7 to 11pm.

10/2007 Inaugural exhibition
Press The Star, Then Say Hello is exhibited to co-incide with the official launch of Rivington Place, London. Jointly curated by Autograph ABP and inIVA, the private view is held on 03/10/2007. Exhibition runs from 05/10/2007 to 24/11/2007.

09/2007 4th Tashkent Biennale 2007
Selected video and photography works presented at the Asia Art Biennale in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

09/2007 International tour
Episodes of Time and Chronicle of a Dream Foretold being shown as part of the Central Asian Project international touring exhibition. Touring to Tengry-Umai Gallery in Almaty, Kazakhstan and Centre of Art in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

09/2007 Exhibition
The Mother of All Journeys is exhibited at 42 New Briggate, Leeds. Exhibition runs from 15/09/2007 to 10/11/2007.

07/2007 Shortlist
The Mother of All Journeys was shortlisted for the Contemporary Book Award at the 2007 Rencontres d'Arles Awards.

06/2007 Nomination
Nominated for the Northern Art Prize 2007 by Pippa Oldfield, curator at Impressions Gallery, Bradford.

05/2007 Book signing
The Mother of All Journeys book launch held at The Photographers Gallery, London on 17/05/2007.


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Born in Hong Kong, China
Lives and works in Manchester, UK

Solo Exhibitions

2007 The Mother of All Journeys, 42 New Briggate, Leeds
2007 Chronicle of a Dream Foretold, The Bigger Picture, Manchester
2005 Age of Transition, BCA Gallery, Bedford
2005 As If I Were A River, Bury Arts Gallery & Museum
2005 As If I Were A River, Mid Pennine Gallery, Burnley
2005 As If I Were A River, Waterside Art Gallery, Manchester
2004 Outside Are Our Dreams, Chapman Gallery, Salford
2001 Treasured Island, An Tobar, Isle of Mull

Group Exhibitions

2007 Central Asian Project, Tashkent Biennale, Uzbekistan
2007 Central Asian Project, Underground Hall, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
2007 Central Asian Project, Tengri-Umay Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan
2007 London Is The Place For Me, Rivington Place, London
2007 Central Asian Project, SPACE, London
2007 Central Asian Project, Cornerhouse, Manchester
2006 3 UK Artists in Central Asia, Exhibition Hall, Almaty, Kazakhstan
2006 In Exposed Areas, Kulturbunker, Cologne
2006 Liminal Britain, University of Texas at San Antonio Art Gallery
2005 The Mother of All Journeys, Victoria and Albert Museum
2005 Liminal Britain, University of North Texas Art Gallery
2005 Escaping: Fugitive Geography, Contact Foto Fest 05 Toronto
2005 Open ev+a 2005, St. Mary's Chapel, Limerick
2004 Assembly, Liverpool Biennale
2004 Art Forum, Berlin
2004 Home, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery
2004 Family Stories, White Space 798, Beijing
2004 Home, Artsdepot, London
2004 Trace, Hirschl Gallery, London
2004 Home, Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery
2004 Home, Derby Museum and Art Gallery
2004 Home, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester
2004 River Journeys, The Lowry, Salford
2002 Ten Thousand Li, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool
2002 Ten Thousand Li, Photofusion, London
2002 Ten Thousand Li, Impressions, York
2002 Ten Thousand Li, Folly Gallery, Lancaster
2002 Ten Thousand Li, Collins Gallery, Glasgow
2001 Shanghai International Arts Fair

Curatorial Projects

2007 Make it a Better Place, Holden Gallery, MMU, Manchester
2006 - 2007 Look 07, Artistic Programmer
2002 - 2004 Home, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester

Awards & commissions

2007 More Music for Morecambe Commission
2006 Autograph ABP Commission
2005 Arts Council of England Award
2005 Necessary Journeys Award, Arts Council of England
2003 Commissions in the Environment Award
2000 Year of the Artist Award, Arts Council of England


2007 Rencontres d'Arles Contemporary Photography Book Award
2005 Santa Fe Prize for Photography
2005 International Photography Research Network Commission
2004 ACE decibel Visual Arts Awards
2003 Photoworks Contemporary Photographers Monographs


2006 Artist Exchange Residency, Almaty, Kazakhstan
2004 Bedford Creative Arts, Bedford
2001 An Tobar Art Gallery, Isle of Mull, Scotland.
2000 Year of the Artist Residency, Arts Council of England


2007 The Mother of All Journeys, by Dewi Lewis
2005 Necessary Journeys, by Arts Council England in association with bfi
2004 The Photograph as Contemporary Art, by Thames & Hudson
2003 As If I Were A River exhibition catalogue, by CITE
2002 Ten Thousand Li exhibition catalogue, by Open Eye Gallery

Selected Bibliography

2007 Mark Sinclair, 'The Mother of All Journeys' Creative Review, Issue: June 07
2006 Zoe Gray, 'Father Land, Mother Tongue', Wasafiri, Issue: 48
2005 Robert Clark, 'Age of Transition', Guardian Guide, Issue: Nov 05
2005 Edgar Allen Beem, 'The Long Road Home', PDN Magazine, Issue: Aug 05
2005 P. Elaine Sharpe, 'Geography', Dislocation Ezine, Issue: 15
2004 Mariko Takeuchi, 'Pick Up Photo', Ryuko Tsushin Magazine, Issue: Jan 04
2003 Jane Griffths, 'As If I Were A River', Flux Magazine, Issue: Aug 03
2003 Rebecca Geldard, 'Ten Thousand Li', Time Out, Issue: May 03
2002 Greg Leach, 'The Mother Of All Journeys', Next Level, Issue: 02
2002 Sajid Rizvi, 'Chinese Infusions', Eastern Art Report, Issue: 47
2002 Mike Dawson, 'Dinu Li', Flux Magazine, Issue: Feb 02
2002 Robert Clark, 'Ten Thousand Li', Guardian Guide, Issue: Feb 02
2001 Wing Fai Leung, 'Ten Thousand Li', Point (Art & Design Research Journal), Issue: 12

Selected Talks

Tate Modern
Victoria and Albert Museum
Rivington Place, London
Photofusion, London
Exhibition Hall, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Sunderland University
Cornerhouse, Manchester
Peterborough Town Hall
Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool
Manchester Metropolitan University
Shanghai University College of Fine Art
Derby Museum and Art Gallery